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Jan 7, 2013 8:00am PST
. >> ashleigh, if you down size the pentagon politically, and that's what the president is going to do, it's not a bad idea the republicans think to have the republican at the helm because they're called soft on defense, et cetera, et cetera. when you're down sizing, have a republican lead the way. >> it makes for easier politics in some respects. let's switch to mr. brennan. this is another interesting choice and a lot of people have a lot of good things to say about john brenna. however, gler yeah, the n nomination process is problematic. the cv sounds terrific. when's the problem? >> i actually think that brennan will have a much easier time than chuck hagel. i think there are questions about how he felt about enhanced interrogation techniques as we call them, otherwise known as torture, during the bush administration. >> he didn't particularly dislike them, right? >> well no. he has come out and said he opposed them but there's also a question of using drones too much. there are a lot of democrats who believe that we've -- we're using drones too much so these questions are going to be
CNN
Jan 7, 2013 11:00am PST
to barbara for a moment, barbara starr, our pentagon correspondent. what kind of feedback are you getting from folks over at the pentagon, barbara? >> reporter: well, at the pentagon, wolf, they know one of the major issues that chuck hagel is walking into when he comes there will be the budget, how to cut defense spending. and, you know, this is not -- this is a pentagon political issue inside the corridors of the pentagon. it requires managed expertise. does the secretary of defense really understand where the various political levers are in the pentagon that he needs to work on? where the influence is? how a budget is formed? who has the power? inside the military, in this very complex process and can he impact it? when you hire a secretary of defense, to some large extent you are hiring someone for that management expertise. the pentagon is one of the largest organizations in the world, and you need somebody who knows how to run it. that's what a secretary of defense does. the other big issue that he's walking into that people will be watching very closely, how he will advise on commi
FOX News
Jan 6, 2013 1:00pm PST
is regarding pentagon little if any. so i think its controversial choice. >> jamie: would hagel survive a senate hearing? let's bring in ron bongene and margie o'meara. great to see both of you. it seems like both sides of the aisle agree that senator hagel can get a fair hearing but why is he best choice from democrats point of view? >> i think it's a strong choice from a really united american point of view. he earned two purple hearts. he is a republican senator who has not been part of the partisan bickering that people have grown to hate here. he has been endorsed by five former ambassadors to israel. he voted for $40 billion in aid to israel. he has been endorsed by four former security advisors and all those folks that have been appointed by republican and democratic administrations. i think he is strong pick and it would make sense for people to come together and confirm. >> jamie: do you think he was the president's first choice? >> i think certainly he has been a key pick. he has been somebody the president has been working with closely and think he has had a real relationship
ABC
Jan 7, 2013 3:00am PST
lawmakers on both sides of the aisles are already attacking the president's choice to head the pentagon. abc's david kerley reports from the white house. >> reporter: as the president returned from hawaii, senior officials tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream thinking i believe on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: republicans raised red flags continuing a campaign against hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on afghanistan, that we, quote, went well beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq. saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it is carried out. >> reporter: but a comment about israel and what he called the jewish lobby which intimidates capitol hill that angered many. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of israel.
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 6:00am PST
meet and greet help ward off the threat of defeat for his nomination to run the pentagon? and three is a magic number. it' it's the "the daily rundown"'s third anniversary. some surprises along the way. good morning from washington. it's friday, january 11th, 2013. this is "the daily rundown," i'm chuck todd. boy, three years? a different part, huh? let's get to my first reads of the morning. vice president biden will present his recommendations on gun violence to the president tuesday. white house officials say an assault weapons ban will still be an element of whatever final package is proposed, despite reporting to the contrary this morning. and while in a 15-minute statement for cameras yesterday, biden emphasized an emerging consensus around a set of what he called gun safety proposals. he did not mention the assault weapons ban idea once. >> there is a surprising -- so far, a surprising recurrence of suggests that we have universal background checks. i've never quite heard as much talk about the need to do something about high-capacity magazines. the whole question of the abil
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 5:00pm PST
alone in a place far from home. give some thought to the possibility they'd like to have a pentagon chief who knows just what that's like. and that's "hardball for now," thanks for being with us. the ed show with ed schultz starts right now. >> good evening and welcome to new york. the republicans are wining about the president's choice for defense secretary. tonight a reminder of who won the election and why this is the perfect guy. let's get to work. >> chuck hagel is the leader that our troops deserve. he is an american patriot. >> president obama nominates chuck hagel as defense secretary, and conservatives are fuming. >> positions that he has taken over the years will be, i think very much a matter of discussion. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> hagel is nominated, it is very difficult to imagine circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> admiral joe sestak and joe wolf are here on the road to nomination and what this could mean for defense cuts. >>> republicans are coming out for the government shutdown. >> you think that's a good idea
PBS
Jan 4, 2013 5:30pm PST
. >> suarez: former nebraska senator chuck hagel has not, so far, been nominated for the top pentagon job, but attacks like this tv ad began shortly after news accounts named hagel the frontrunner. they focus mostly on whether he's sufficiently pro-israel. >> there is an incredible level of concern about the kind of secretary of defense he would be, based on his foreign policy views and his foreign policy record, and the things he's said over the past dozen years of his political career. >> suarez: noah pollak is executive director of the emergency committee for israel, which produced the tv ad. under federal law, the committee does not have to disclose the sources of its funding, but it's one of several pro-israel groups opposing hagel. >> you take an issue like iran, which is probably the most important national security threat and problem we will have to deal with in the coming few years. and chuck hagel has come out and said that he's against... he thinks military strikes are not a viable military option. he's even come out against sanctions. and you have to wonder what kind of advice
CBS
Jan 4, 2013 6:00pm EST
pentagon job, but attacks like this tv ad began shortly after news accounts named hagel the frontrunner. they focus mostly on whether he's sufficiently pro-israel. >> there is an incredible level of concern about the kind of secretary of defense he would be, based on his foreign policy views and his foreign policy record, and the things he's said over the past dozen years of his political career. >> suarez: noah pollak is executive director of the emergency committee for israel, which produced the tv ad. under federal law, the committee does not have to disclose the sources of its funding, but it's one of several pro-israel groups opposing hagel. >> you take an issue like iran, which is probably the most important national security threat and problem we will have to deal with in the coming few years. and chuck hagel has come out and said that he's against... he thinks military strikes are not a viable military option. he's even come out against sanctions. and you have to wonder what kind of advice would he give to the president. >> suarez: hagel has also taken fire from gay rights advoc
MSNBC
Jan 5, 2013 11:00am PST
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FOX News
Jan 8, 2013 5:00pm PST
at the pentagon and for all our citizens. >> is president obama nominating chuck hagel as secretary of defense in in order to cut funding to the military? charles krauthammer will weigh in on that. caution, you are about to enter the no spin zone, the factor begins right now. hi, i'm bill o'reilly. thanks for watching us tonight. aborting babies at taxpayers expense that is the subject of this evening's talking points memo. we have been taking a very hard look at a disturbing situation that may be a major violation, maybe of federal law. in 1976 congress passed the hyde amendment which forbids federal tax dollars for abortions. the reason is obvious. many americans believe abortion is morally wrong to. protect those americans, the feds said no to public funding of abortions. but now it looks like pro-choice zealots have figured out a way to get around the hyde amendment. they are using planned parenthood. here are the stats. 2001 planned parenthood received about 203 million taxpayer dollars. 10 years later, 2011, the organization received a whopping $5,542,000,000, nearly double. planned pare
MSNBC
Jan 7, 2013 8:00pm PST
don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon, little if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in-your-face term. >> well, senator hagel is a straight talker from the midwest. he'll give you an unvarnished opinion, and very outspoken. but he has stated his unequivocal total support for israel, saying critics have completely distorted his record. graham predicted other republicans would have a hard time with hagel's nomination. and it just makes you wonder what is really behind all this. senator graham complained that hagel had cut ties with the republican party. but obviously president obama isn't under any requirement to nominate anybody from any party, especially the republicans in the first place. maybe republicans don't like the fact that hagel won't be so eager to get us into another confrontation overseas. here is more from the president. >> he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that's something we only do when it's absolu
CNN
Jan 4, 2013 1:00pm PST
to lead the pentagon. there was a question of whether any republican would actually put a hold on the nomination. >> some said they will vote against it. >> yes, but putting a hold on it would be a very rare thing and the white house would not be about to nominate him if they didn't think he could actually make it through the senate. whatty we are learning is the white house hold senior members of congress to expect the nomination. >> you have serious questions. chuck hegel did endorse the president in 2008 and 2012. >> that are created consternation for john mccain who had been very, very close to chuck hegel in the senate as fellow republican. i think that they have a distance to go. not only with republicans by the way, but with democrats who really are feeling the heat from the pro israel hob lobby who would not support chuck hegel. not only is joe biden comfortable, but the president himself knows chuck hegel well and serves on the intelligence advisory board and it's clear they established a relationship. >> word that the headline out of what we were just talking about is
CSPAN
Jan 4, 2013 11:00pm EST
. but i think the pentagon should be like any other governing department, analyzing to see what we don't really need. there a lot of hardware that will be challenged and the pentagon will have to make further reductions. should not spend a dollar more for military spending we need to. we have to find the right balance. and i have confidence in the people who understand the strength of the country comes from an economy that's working well. defense spending is at the expense of domestic spending. we will spend what we think we need on domestic issues as well and domestic programs as well. so constrained spending for that which is absolutely needed, domestic spending should be what is needed for the taking care of people and infrastructure and all the other things that we need. but everything should be on the table. it was a mistake not to accept the proposal they came from simpson-bowles. everybody had come to the table ready to give up something. that did not pass political muster. and now we are trying to figure out how to live beyond that. whether it's the pentagon or however we do it
CNN
Jan 8, 2013 6:00am PST
the pentagon. the reason you don't have women in three and four-star ranks because they have career plans that don't usually require or would involve 30 years of service. it makes it pretty hard to have a family life and that's why a lot of women who might be qualified to be a three and four-star general or admiral choose not to go on that career path. now, you don't want to go with a trickle-up kind of thing where you force -- >> couldn't you say the same thing about men, because they have children, too, and responsibilities to their families? >> yes, they do, but again, i'm looking at the empirical evidence. women make different career choices so they are promoted at rates equal to or faster than men. this goes back decades. it's not changed. >> but the women entering the military are not making different career choices. they're entering the military. >> if you want to have a first female chairman of the joint chiefs, that is not a good enough reason, but if say general odierno wanted to give up his seat to a female general for the sake of diversity, he could do that right now. but why
CNN
Jan 4, 2013 2:00am PST
there are things in the pentagon you probably could deal with. i'm somebody who is a reaganite, i believe defense spending equates to capability. i don't want to shirk on weapon's capability or shirk on compensation for people putting their life on the line, but i have embraced what senator coburn wants to do, audit the pentagon. u.s. a very big bureaucracy. ask people who served on active duty in iraq, afghanistan, or on the home front. it's a big bureaucracy and a lot of times our military is successful in spite of the bureaucracy, but not because of it. i wouldn't say you can't look at defense, but if you think we'll balance the budget just by cutting defense, one, i don't think you can get there, but, two, we will be inviting danger from abroad, rather than protecting the people if we do that. >> you think we'll have a big fight over entitlements, social security, medicare? that will be coming up with the debt ceiling? part of the debt ceiling negotiations? >> i think we need to restructure some of the entitlements, get in the way that they are sustainable over the long term. whether it's via
CSPAN
Jan 10, 2013 1:00pm EST
with retailers like wal-mart and bass pro shops. also today, a pentagon briefing with leon panetta and general martin dempsey. that is expected to start at 3:00 p.m. we are expecting to hear from president obama as he announces his next treasury secretary, jack lew, if approved by the senate. in the meantime, a discussion about immigration reform in the 113th congress. host: this morning in the washington times -- it says -- host: from the "new york times," we also see a piece this week looking at a new study on enforcement and the money spent enforcing immigration laws. it says a new report sets the stage for a debate on immigration overhaul, huge amounts of money spent on immigration. joining us this morning to get our conversation started is off and on johnson of national journal. -- fawn johnson. she's a washington, d.c., correspondent who covers immigration among a variety of other topics. thanks for being here. guest: pleasure. host: are there prospects for immigration reform, changes to the law in 2013? guest: sure. i think that this is the first breath of activity that we've seen in ab
FOX News
Jan 7, 2013 2:00am PST
the management experience is regarding the pentagon if any. i think it's an incredibly controversial choice. >> he calls the jewish lobby call into question his support for israel. he stood shoulder to shoulder with the president on foreign policy. >> i know chuck hagel. i know him. he's a patriot. he is somebody who has done extraordinary work in the united states senate. somebody who served this country with valor in vietnam. he is serving on the intelligence advisory board and doing a great job. >> some questioned james hormel's nomination as being in his words openly aggressively gray. he would later apologize. even many democrats take a wait and see approach to his nomination. >> let him get nominated if he is going to be nominated and let's hear what the senator had to say. >>> this may be announced as early as today. doug luzader in washington for us. >> the nomination of chuck hagel is the big talk this morning. >> cruise highly critical of the choice and the cities -- -- highly critical of the choice as the main issue. >>> if hagel is nominated it is difficult to look at the circum
FOX News
Jan 9, 2013 5:00pm PST
. the pentagon was recommending 10 to 15,000 troops. now the obama administration is floating numbers like 6 to 9,000 and they refuse to rule out the zero option. >> bill: there must be a reason why they are doing that rosen because it doesn't make any sense. >> there is, behind the scenes the diplomats here in this building the state department are negotiating with afghanistan the terms the terms of our agreement with. they called a status of forces agreement. and they are trying to basically push karzai around a little bit to get some concessions from him. maybe we raise the number of troops if you give for those troops immunity from prosecution. >> bill: stop with your brother maybe we will give you more troops that keep from you getting your head cut off which is exactly what's going to happen if the u.s. pulls everybody out. karzai will last, what? 24 hours? he has some accounts in london and switzerland. you know how it goes. sharp dresser tonight. >> bill: i liked the seeing: you were pitty, inside stuff so we will bring them back. right? >> thank you, bill. >> thanks, bill. >> bill: stay
ABC
Jan 7, 2013 2:00am PST
leader of the pentagon. >> first, senator chuck hagel could face some opposition from both sides of the aisle. it's monday, january 7th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. happy monday. >> i'm sunny hostin in for paula faris. and chuck hagel, we hear, is likely to face tough confirmation questions on everything from israel to iran. we'll hear why in just a moment. >> nothing comes easy on capitol hill. another battle, add it to the list. >>> also this half hour, the gun battle being waged across the country. after the newtown massacre, some gun shows are flooded by people
MSNBC
Jan 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
. doesn't this come down to where he said this about the pentagon. it is bloated and needs to be pared down. that's his greatest sin isn't it? >> that is one of them. i think the other was questioning the iraq war and eventually coming out and opposing the iraq war and saying after he cast the vote in favor of the iraq war, coming back and saying you know what? this was the wrong move. that created a lot of animosity. and we have seen criticism from the left. i do want to see a confirmation process. i want to know how he'll behave towards lbgt members of the military. >> and he has already apologized for those statements. >> absolutely. absolutely. but the charges that -- i mean, the thing that has really been ludicrous is because he hasn't been with mccain and lieberman an every vote in israel, not only is his anti-israel, he's anti-semitic. i think that shuts down any debate on the topic. >> had a change of heart as he was saying on the iraq war. and as peter binehart writes on the daily beast, the former vietnam rifleman realized that detached and self-interested elites were sending
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 3:00am PST
," the pentagon is preparing for a worst-case scenario in which lawmakers failed to make its march 1st deadline on the budget deal. that would mean deep, across-the-board cuts including $500 million less for the defense department. leon panetta says it would be a huge setback for national security. >>> "the wall street journal," american express is set to cut 5,400 jobs. the company will slash 8.5% of its staff, mostly from its travel division which has lost business in the advent of internet travel sites. >>> this weekend's "parade" magazine, it's the savings issue. inside, a guide to saving $10,000 this year. >> did you hear that? you can save money. >> that's a good investment because that "parade" doesn't cost that much. so you can save. that's kind of a no-brainer. >> there you go. >> makes perfect sense to me. with us now, let's bring in chief white house correspondent for "politico" here with the morning playbook. you guys have a fascinating story regarding charles schumer. it seems that chuck schumer is the key to chuck hagel's failure or success. tell us why. >> that's right. and first
NBC
Jan 10, 2013 6:00pm EST
to the pentagon today. he received full military honors today. karzai and panetta talked about the future in afghanistan, including plans to withdraw the majority of u.s. troops by the end of next year. karzai meets with president obama at the white house tomorrow. >>> there appears to be a solid reason to keep controversial photographs of osama bin laden from the public eye. that, according to a federal appeals court judge. a group called judicial watch filed a freedom of information act request for those photographs. those photographs were taken during and after the raid in which u.s. commandos killed bin laden back in 2011. today in court judicial watch argued that the government did not provide a specific enough basis for denies the request for fraps. the judge said the government cited specific concerns that the images might be used by al qaeda as propaganda to spark andy-uss sentiments. >>> a push to move the fbi headquarters for the commonwealth. they said the fbi's 11,000 employees to relocate. david culver is in springfield with details on the proposal and the potential relocatio
CSPAN
Jan 7, 2013 7:00am EST
-your-face nomination by the president. i do not know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. it is a controversial choice. the second term of obama will be an in-your-face term. i will not talk to you about the debt ceiling. here is my secretary of defense nominee. >> senator graham on cnn yesterday. the headline in "the wall str eet ounjournal." -- --"ysusa today" here is an ad in "the washington post" -- what do you think about spending and whether it should be tied to a debt limit increase? that is our question for you this morning. john, california, republican. caller: the debt ceiling should be frozen. c-span and any other public speaker on the airways should make it clear that the debt of the united states will not go into default because the country collects 200 billion in taxes and the debt payment is 40 billion. how would you prioritize any remaining of the $170 billion? host: how do you think this battle will go down? caller: the republicans need to stick to their guns. vote to not increase the debt limit. engage the public to prioritize spending. social security s
CSPAN
Jan 6, 2013 11:00am EST
. the famous by release them to the public, to the press. is it true the pentagon papers talk about vietnam as a time when the viet cong is sitting territory? so perhaps by the 54 election this would have been a major issue for kennedy and he would have had to come again. >> counterfactual. >> but we think that kennedy had a certain kind of self-confidence. kennedy said at one point that if somebody comes in and argues to me about unemployment, i can refute him. they have no problem. an intelligence community, the military comes in. you're always used to assume that they have a special knowledge that i did have because they have learned something different. at a later point he says, i'm going to tell my successor that the most important thing he has to know is not to trust the military, not to trust the joint chiefs. kennedy stood up to those people . >> 2009 obama had the confer result with the generals pressing him on afghanistan, the serbs there. >> into this, but i want to hear you talk about it. as american foreign policy in a grand sense changed and all? it has been over for more than
MSNBC
Jan 8, 2013 9:00am PST
, not strongly enough, but sees the need to do that. the pentagon is running 322 golf courses around this world on taxpayer dime. there's some bloat in there that doesn't get as much attention as social security and medicare. >> it does represent a threat to the direction of foreign policy. that's really what is behind this op zegs. >> i will end this segment, unfortunately. we have to end it here, but i will say this. i think you look at that tape of chuck hagel speaking in 2002 talking about his experience in vietnam. the president's words about being in the blood and the mud war are so important and to have someone who has seen combat and seen it in that way and still has shrapnel in his chest making decisions about what's going to happen to the men and women overseas should not be lost on the american puck. after the break congress has a few options for avoiding the next fiscal crisis. president obama can use an unconventional option to neutralize the fight. trillion dollar coins. >> we should have known a coin was obama's solution to everything. it was right there in his slogan. change. >>
MSNBC
Jan 11, 2013 1:00pm PST
not want to rush into warfare as a first resort sitting there in charge of the pentagon. >> right. mike, on a slightly broader scale, are you at all concerned that this president's rightful desire to get our troops out of these entrenched and intractable conflicts, that this may point to a less vigorous role for the united states in terms of international affairs? >> you know, it's one of the big questions before us, martin, and i am struck that the syrian civil war, where i think there are no good answers and i'm not a big interventionist myself, it may require a little more american and international role than we've been willing to countenance so far for the very reason you mentioned but i'm hopeful president obama is actually going to be pretty careful on his subsequent afghanistan decisions as i think you mentioned. today's press conference did not promise any particular rapid drawdown path. yes, we're hearing a general sense of war weariness. yes, the president is going to find rhetoric that says we're gradually getting out, but i think he will probably still keep several thousand
ABC
Jan 4, 2013 2:35am EST
fighters who attacked u.s. forces in afghanistan. a pentagon official describes him as someone who has a great deal of blood on his hands. >>> from deep inside caves in the taliban territory of afghanistan, a remarkable discovery. israel's national library has unveiled a collection of ancient hebrew manuscripts it just bought. it points to a thriving jewish community in the region about 1,000 years ago. the papers survived because the caves are so dry and so dark. >>> police in florida are asking for help in finding three criminals. they were caught on cameras this past monday as they held up a radioshack in pompano baemp. they fled out the back door and into a waiting getaway car. >> brazen. >>> and on a much lighter note, but also from florida, some anger over what some neighbors are calling an eye sore. >> this homeowner has graffitied his own house. it was his reaction after people in the neighborhood complained about the removal of some trees. now police say the graffiti might not look good, but it isn't a crime. >> the home owner plans on painting over the graffiti at some point,
NBC
Jan 10, 2013 5:00am EST
secretary leon panetta at the pentagon. later tonight he will meet with secretary of state hillary clinton. yesterday karzai met with senators on capitol hill. they discussed how many troops will remain in his country after combat forces pull out in 2014. karzai scheduled to meet with president obama tomorrow. >>> this morning, the u.s. court of appeals will hear arguments regarding pictures of osama bin laden's corpse. a freedom of information act's lawsuit requests the release of more than 50 photos of bin laden after he was killed during a raid by navy s.e.a.l.s in may, 2011. there is debate over whether the images would compromise national security and whether the images would reveal the equipment or techniques used in the raid. >>> this morning, robert griffin iii begins his road to recovery. he is in florida where he had major reconstructive surgery to his right knee. dr. james andrews repaired his torn acl and lcl yesterday morning. he expects rg3 to be healed in six to eight months which could mean he would be back in time for the start of next season. this was griffin's second maj
CNN
Jan 8, 2013 1:00pm PST
a spending problem. we need to do something about spending. let's not target only the pentagon and hospitals and doctors, which is what the sequester targets, but let's make smarter spending cuts to affect everybody from all walks of life, including corporate world and therefore we can do something to give our children a better future with less debt on their shoulders. that's the smarter card for the republicans to play. >> let me switch to you, james, on the chuck hagel nomination to be the next defense secretary. there's been some quiet murmuring, some complaining among democrats, not unusual, i should say. you've heard it as well. why can't a democratic president ask a democrat to be defense secretary? they go back to the clinton administration when president clinton invited william cohen, a republican to be defense secretary. then the obama administration, president obama asked robert gates, a republican to be defense secretary. then there was leon panetta. and now another republican, chuck hagel. what's wrong with democrats being defense secretary? >> right. actually, just as an histori
CNN
Jan 11, 2013 1:00pm PST
to brief state department officials, white house officials, pentagon officials? they were not happy that you went there. >> we've sent a report. if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased pleased to brief them. you are here in washington. nobody has asked you to give an eyeball to eyeball report? >> i've sent a report in and if they want to talk to me, i'm pleased to talk to them. they were nervous about this trip, i know. but i've been going to north korea a long time and have had had substantial success and i think this trip was successful, mainly because of eric schmidt and google. forget the politics, forget foreign policy. the fact that we can talk about a free internet, free exchange of information, more mobile technology, there's a thirst around the world for this kind of technology and that's good because people are communicating with each other. >> let's see if they do anything about it. governor, thanks very much for coming in. >>> it's one of the hot button issues out there, the gun debate. what to do about background checks for gun buyers? we're taking a closer look at the
CNN
Jan 7, 2013 4:00am PST
are supportive of israel. i don't know what his management experience is regarding the pentagon. little, if any. so i think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama will be an in-your-face term. >> so what are some of the issues? start with israel. as you heard, a number of his opponents, especially on the republican or conservative side think chuck hagel is not a friend of israel and point to his position on iran sanctions. they say because of his position that iran sanctions essentially aren't effective, that that is another point against him. also, from the liberal side, comments about a dozen, maybe 14 years ago, that chuck hagel made about a candidate for an ambassadorial position, where he called him openly and aggressively gay. now, chuck hagel has since apologized for that, but that also raises some haggles among some people on the more liberal side. not going to be a friendly reception up in the senate, however, the white house obviously thinks they can pull it off. >> an interesting confirmation hearing, that's for sure. >> let's talk a
CSPAN
Jan 4, 2013 8:00pm EST
had received three separate briefings from the pentagon, saying that they were counting on getting rid of the really bad leaders of the iraqi army and filling it back up with trusted individuals because the structure was still there rather than build an entire new army. the cia felt that was terrific ago. i did, my stuffed it in the president was briefed that this was what were going to do. so suddenly between the pentagon come it's not clear where it all originated. gave jerry bremmer of the necessary guidance and instructions to disband the army if that's what he thought was ray. jerry issued the order, disbanding the army. i did know was going to happen. the joint chiefs of staff did not. cia did i and suddenly the army is totally disbanded and you have hundreds of thousands of people who are armed and trained and who were set free within a few airliner pensions and we had to pay some of them in order to keep peace. when we started to rebuild an iraqi army, i think it was a bad decision. she would tell you it's the right decision, but i think it was the wrong decision must import th
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Jan 9, 2013 10:00am EST
this council of governors made up by folks at the pentagon, and it is hard to overstate how important our national guards are in each of our states, certainly from the perspective of helping us in times of emergency, but the other thing, and this is really what we want to weigh in on, is making it clear how cost- effective the national guard is as part of our overall national defense package. it is absolutely remarkable. i had the opportunity last year to travel to with the anniston. we happen to have been flown from kuwait -- afghanistan. we happen to be flown from kuwait from the air guard, and these hometown heroes, they will step in, they are extraordinarily well-trained, and they will step in for six months, nine months, and for making that -- to make that happen is incredibly cost- effective. we have a responsibility to the policy-making decisions of the national defence is up to the president and the federal government, but when we have something available to us, specifically the national guard, which is trained extraordinarily well to talk-dutch standards and is also so -- top-not
ABC
Jan 8, 2013 1:40am PST
seats have to be filled by president obama at the pentagon and cia. he announced his picks. former senator from nebraska, chuck hagel as defense secretary and long-time counterterrorism adviser john brennan as director of the cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i'm confident they will do an outstanding job. >> reporter: hagel, a successful businessman who made millions in the cell phone industry before politics is a decorated vietnam vet and he would make history if confirmed by congress. >> he would be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. >> i will always do my best for our country, for those i represent at the pentagon, and for all our citizens. >> reporter: but fellow republicans are not falling in line behind this pick. he's been criticized for his outspoken disapproval on the troop surge in iraq and for calling u.s. supporters of israel the jewish lobby. >> this is an in your face nomination by
CNN
Jan 8, 2013 9:00am PST
to be conduct the operations that they've conducted in the past. >> chris lawrence joins us the pentagon. good to see you, chris. former senator chuck hagel, of course, just nominated for secretary of defense, he would be part of this pull-out. he's a guy that was not in favor of the troop surge, has a controversial side to him in that regard. what do we expect from him? >> reporter: basically, michael, wasn't in favor of the surge in iraq, not quite so critical of the surge in afghanistan. it's a big difference. on the surge in iraq, he called it one of the biggest foren policy blunders since vietnam. chuck hagel was part of the planning for the afghanistan surge under president obama. he consulted with the president's national security adviser and when he gave a speech shortly after that surge was announced didn't have much criticism for president obama, said he was approaching the situation very carefully. so that suggests that his position may be a lot more aligned with president obama on afghanistan than it was during the later years of president bush. >> yeah. president karzai, meeting h
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